We believe that 80% of leaders are mediocre to bad leaders.
Bad leaders say things like, “You are overqualified” to managers that will report to them. Why do I say that? Bad leaders are afraid of people who could take their job or even steal their glory. I saw a quote here that made me smile on LinkedIn Pulse.
Wrong headed leaders don’t want people to rise up higher than them. Good leaders train people to rise up higher than them.
This is so true. Long ago we commonly heard that B leaders hired C workers and A leaders hired A+ workers. Let’s get A leaders.
Bad Leaders are Everywhere
Bad leaders are everywhere as anyone who has ever worked knows. These unalligned leaders hoard information. They are always trying to protect themselves. Get a life. Try to hire people better than yourself, and you will be a better leader. Now if only your China leaders bought into that.
Root out the poor leaders. I heard about a company that had a technology ‘know it all’ who made everyone unhappy with his pride. The company fired that person even though he had tons of knowledge.The whole company was energized. Hurrah for the courageous owners who fire these morons.
I think some owners do not fire the bad leaders as they are afraid the next guy will be the same. They even have the experience to prove it. Yes, if you treat recruiting as a non professional field, you are doomed to hire bad leaders again and again and occasionally get lucky and hire a good leader.
Excellent and consistent hiring can occur. I have spent 20 plus years developing our recruiting model, and we keep improving it every day. We know that companies need great leaders and that candidates are experts at faking. So we must be better and better at finding, identifying and recruiting great leaders. While we must continually improve our time to hire, foremost we must eliminate bad leaders. We must raise up the great leaders. Then the world around us can be a better place where all the workers do more than just punch a clock. Take a look at How to Hire Great Leaders.